Batman Leaves a Sonnet on Selina Kyle’s Voicemail
Your whip was at the crime scene. Break-in, there
at Gotham’s Petting Zoo. Cat burglary —
you took a cage of lynxes. Dawned on me
to search the floor for fur, and I found hair
too long and straight and dark, just like your stare;
been searching zoos, invading surgeries
at animal hospitals all night; I need
you to return my call. I swear
your alter ego’s name is safe with me.
I need it that way, need her to stay clear
and skylined on skyscrapers’ tips, to flee
from me, but not this far ahead. I’m near
now, on the fire escape. Pick up. I see
your shadow on the blinds. I hear your purr.
EPIC WINS: SERIES INTRO by Matthew Battles | THE ILIAD (1.408-415) by Flourish Klink | THE KALEVALA (3.1-278) by James Parker | THE ARGONAUTICA (2.815-834) by Joshua Glenn | THE ILIAD by Stephen Burt | THE MYTH OF THE ELK by Matthew Battles | GOTHAMIAD by Chad Parmenter